Caring for your concrete benchtop

We always recommend taking the best care, using trivets, coasters and food mats, and wiping any residue immediately to eliminate the possibility of marking. This not only helps to protect your benchtop but also extends the longevity of your concrete products. Some Ceramics may react to concrete benchtops so we recommend keeping your benchtops clear of any vases, pots, plates, bowls, ect for extended periods of time.

Cleaning

We recommend Lithofen Easy-Clean for easy every day cleaning. Contact us to purchase or visit our online shop. We are proud to note that our sealer is suited to both residential & commercial applications.

Maintenance  

Our concrete benchtops do not require much maintenance to stay looking great; and unlike other benchtops, over time they will form characteristic concrete features that we love. As this is a specialty product, depending on amount of use, you may need a buff & reseal from 6-10 years. 

Food prep

To keep your benchtop looking like day one, never cut directly onto your benchtop. Our concrete is extremely strong, so it will blunt your knives and possibly leave marks. Our sealer meets the Green Building Council of Australia Green Star IEQ-11 & 12 and is completely food safe upon curing. 

Strength

It takes 28 days for our benchtops to fully cure. Although over time our benchtops are extremely strong, (minimum of 90MPa with over 12% flexural strength, comparing to traditional concrete which stands at 40 MPa), we do not recommend standing or putting an unnecessary additional weight as it may damage the cabinetry beneath, and sufficient reinforcing should always be in place to adequately support the benchtops and reduce hairline fractures.

UV & Heat Resistance

Our sealer is completely UV Resistant, and heat resistant to a maximum of 149'C comparing to other stone benchtops, which can only normally take around 100'C. A rule of thumb is that if your hand cannot touch the hot surface, then your benchtop should not. Although it is heat resistant, we recommend using trivets or coasters at all times to help protect the sealer and longevity of our products.

Chemical Resistance

Concrete benchtops and sealer may be permanently damaged with any exposure to strong chemicals or solvents or aggressive cleaning agents. In the event that they may come in contact, immediately rinse with water. We do not recommend testing, however the below chemicals have been tested on a 24 hour period with no effect. 

Tested for 24 hours with NO effect:

  • Tap Water
  • Coffee
  • Coca-Cola
  • Grape Juice
  • Tomato Sauc
  • Mustard
  • Clorox Bleach 10%
  • MEK (Methyl ethyl ketone)
  • Xylene
  • Mineral Spirits
  • 100% Ethanol
  • 10% Acetic Acid
  • 5% Sodium Hydroxide
  • 50% Sodium Hydroxide
  • 85% Lactic Acid
  • 50% Sulfuric Acid
  • 38% Hydrochloric Acid
  • 10% Sodium Chloride Solution
  • 28% Ammonia                                                                                       

We strongly recommend that you do not test your benchtop with any sort of chemicals or foods.